Rice Seminar Events

May 2-3, 2013
Closing Symposium

The events in red are closed sessions which are open to the public but are registration-only (space is very limited). Each closed session will include short summaries or pre-circulated readings followed by discussion. RSVP TO LAURENK@RICE.EDU
The event in purple is a public event and registration is not required.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


10:00am-12:00pm    Session One
Founders Room, Lovett Hall
1:30-3:00pm  Carole Vance, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library
4:00-5:00pm Rachel Hooper
MFAH Works on Paper Study Center (reception to follow)


Friday, May 3, 2013


10:00am-12:00pm    Session Two
Founders Room, Lovett Hall
1:30-3:30pm Session Three
Founders Room, Lovett Hall
3:30-4:30pm Closing Remarks
Founders Room, Lovett Hall



Past Events:

Robin Blackburn

Wednesday, March 6 , 2013 6:00pm
Robin Blackburn, University of Essex
 "Human Rights: A Dialogic Approach"
 Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library

Robin Blackburn is a historian and sociologist, and one of New Left Review’s editors.

  • October 23, 2012, 6:00pm

    Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State
    Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons, U.S. Department of State
    Main Auditorium, BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.

    View the event here

    In May 2009, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca was appointed by President Obama to coordinate U.S. government activities in the global fight against contemporary forms of slavery. He serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and directs the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, which assesses global trends, provides training and technical assistance, and advocates for an end to modern slavery.

  • October 22, 2012, 7:00-8:30pm

    Cantinera poster

    Film Premiere of The Cantinera and Q&A with director Ruth Villatoro
    Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center

    The Cantinera is a story of a woman who was forced by her mother to drink with
    men in latin bars when she was thirteen years old. Twenty three years later, she is
    still drinking thirty beers a night, five nights a week, but longs for sobriety and a second chance.

    The film exposes a part of human trafficking in the United States where cantineras, or latin women drink and prostitute themselves for a living in latin bars or cantinas by means of force, fraud or coercion.

    Through the story of three women, the film navigates through the virtually unheard of subject from the perspective of a cantinera, an advocate and a vigilante. Go first hand into the cantinas while rescuers search for victims and women take a stand against one of the most powerful crime organizations. 
    November 14, 2012, 7:00pm

    Julie Waters, J.D., Director of Free the Captives Houston
    100 Herring Hall

    Julie Waters, a local attorney and the Director of Free the Captives, a Houston faith-based anti-human-trafficking organization will lead a presentation of efforts to fight trafficking in Houston. Both NGOs and local law enforcement agencies that are fighting trafficking will participate in the discussion.
    December 6, 2012, 7:00pm

    Martha Braniff, author, poet and child advocate
    Lecture and book signing for Step Over Rio
    Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library

    Martha Everhart Braniff lives and writes from her Houston, Texas home, and has been a tireless and lifelong champion of the underprivileged. For years, she worked as a nurse at Ripley House in a community health program serving a mostly Hispanic neighborhood. After creating the first art program at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, in 1984 she founded Child Advocates, a non-profit organization serving abused children.